Definitions for: Blade


[n] the flat part of a tool or weapon that (usually) has a cutting edge
[n] flat surface that rotates and pushes against air or water
[n] the part of the skate that slides on the ice
[n] a cutting or thrusting weapon with a long blade
[n] a broad flat body part (as of the shoulder or tongue)
[n] a cut of beef from the shoulder blade
[n] something long and thin resembling a blade of grass; "a blade of lint on his suit"
[n] a dashing young man; "gay young blades bragged of their amorous adventures"
[n] especially a leaf of grass or the broad portion of a leaf as distinct from the petiole



Webster (1913) Definition: Blade (bl[=a]d), n. [OE. blade, blad, AS. bl[ae]d leaf;
akin to OS., D., Dan., & Sw. blad, Icel. bla[eth], OHG. blat,
G. blatt, and perh. to L. folium, Gr. fy`llon. The root is
prob. the same as that of AS. bl[=o]wan, E. blow, to blossom.
See Blow to blossom, and cf. Foil leaf of metal.]
1. Properly, the leaf, or flat part of the leaf, of any
plant, especially of gramineous plants. The term is
sometimes applied to the spire of grasses.

The crimson dulse . . . with its waving blade.
--Percival.

First the blade, then ear, after that the full corn
in the ear. --Mark iv. 28.

2. The cutting part of an instrument; as, the blade of a
knife or a sword.

3. The broad part of an oar; also, one of the projecting arms
of a screw propeller.

4. The scapula or shoulder blade.

5. pl. (Arch.) The principal rafters of a roof. --Weale.

6. pl. (Com.) The four large shell plates on the sides, and
the five large ones of the middle, of the carapace of the
sea turtle, which yield the best tortoise shell. --De
Colange.

7. A sharp-witted, dashing, wild, or reckless, fellow; -- a
word of somewhat indefinite meaning.

He saw a turnkey in a trice Fetter a troublesome
blade. --Coleridge.


Blade (bl[=a]d), v. t.
To furnish with a blade.


Blade, v. i.
To put forth or have a blade.

As sweet a plant, as fair a flower, is faded As ever in
the Muses' garden bladed. --P. Fletcher.


Blade, n.
The flat part of the tongue immediately behind the tip, or
point.

``Lower blade'' implies, of course, the lower instead
of the upper surface of the tongue. --H. Sweet.

Synonyms: leaf blade, vane

See Also: aerogenerator, anatomical structure, arm, ax, axe, backsword, blade, bodily structure, body structure, brand, broadsword, cavalry sword, chopper, chuck, complex body part, cut of beef, cutlas, cutlass, cutting edge, cutting implement, eggbeater, Excalibur, falchion, fan blade, fencing sword, foible, foliage, forte, haft, helicopter, helve, hilt, ice skate, impeller, knife, knife blade, knife edge, lawn mower, leaf, leafage, mower, oar, paddle, pair of scissors, peak, point, propeller, propellor, rapier, razorblade, ribbon, rotating mechanism, rudder blade, runner, saber, sabre, scissors, spatula, spring chicken, steel, structure, sword, thread, tip, turbine, vane, weapon, weapon system, web, whirlybird, wind generator, windmill, young person, younker, youth

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